Diaz-Balart, Wasserman Schultz Launch Venezuela Democracy Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the launch of the Venezuela Democracy Caucus.
“I’m proud to join with my friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in launching the bipartisan Venezuela Democracy Caucus. Through this important congressional organization, we aim to intensify our efforts in the U.S. Congress by focusing on support for the Venezuelan people, continuing to press for freedom and democracy, and imposing pressure on the brutal Maduro regime.
“We must continue to focus our attention on supporting the Venezuelan people with humanitarian assistance, democracy programming, and tough sanctions on the corrupt, oppressive, and anti-American Maduro regime.”
The regime in Venezuela is responsible for atrocious human rights abuses, widespread corruption, and crime such as narco-trafficking. It has plunged the once prosperous, oil-rich Venezuela into destitution, blackouts, and scarcity. Despite the widespread suffering and shortages that the Venezuelan people endure, the regime continues to threaten U.S. security interests by destabilizing the region while deepening partnerships with U.S. adversaries such as Cuba and Russia.
The Venezuela Democracy Caucus currently has 8 Republican members and 7 Democrat members.
Initial Republican Members: Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Michael Waltz (FL-6), John Rutherford (FL-4), Paul Cook (CA-8), Ted Yoho (FL-3), Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (PR-At Large), Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), and Steve Chabot (OH-1).
Initial Democrat Members: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Darren Soto (FL-9), Albio Sires (D-NJ-8), Debbie Mucarsel Powell (FL-26), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Brendan Boyle (PA-2), and Ted Deutch (FL-19).